–they do not appear, the bears. We are too loud, I think; my twenty-year old MEC coat, too bright red.
I cannot get enough of this valley: purple lupines, Lyngby’s Sedge.
We are here only because we are guided, supported: much thanks to the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nations, Chief Doug Neasloss, TimMcGrady, General Manager, Spirit Bear Lodge and of course, our skipper, Charlie Mason, hereditary chief of the Xai’xais First Nation.
Memory: Charlie Mason to me, on the boat the next day, about preparing cedar for hats: You have to be patient.
Memory: about falling in the mud, about being permitted to fall, to pick myself up.